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The Top Three Places in Africa to See the Big Cats

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Diane Du Plessis

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Author: Diane Du Plessis - 17 March 2017

Last Update: 6 May 2024

One of the main reasons why so many travellers head to Africa each year is to witness the Big Cats in their natural habitat. It is becoming more and more popular under travellers, this is partially due to the current safari prices. If you’re planning a safari and want to see these beautiful species in the flesh, here are the top three places in Africa to see the Big Cats.

Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

One of Africa’s most famous game reserves, the Masai Mara is home to an abundance of wildlife, making it an ideal safari destination for travellers from all corners of the globe.

The Masai Mara was also the base for BBC’s popular Big Cat Diary series, which featured the Marsh Lion Pride and various other cats such as leopard and cheetah.

Big cats that can be found here: lion, cheetah and leopard

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

The South Luangwa National Park is well known for being a place full of exceptional lion and leopard sightings. Situated in the National Park is the Luangwa River, this river attracts a wide diversity of wildlife.

The park is also known as the birthplace of the  walking safari, a famous way to experience the African wildlife.

Big cats that can be found here: lion and leopard

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

The Serengeti National Park is best known for being host to the wildebeest migration, however, the park is also a great place to go to for spotting the big cats of Africa.

Apart from the Big Cats, the Serengeti is home to approximately 70 large mammal and 500 bird species, making a Tanzania safari a popular value-for-money travel option.

Big cats that can be found here: lion, cheetah and leopard


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